Nestled in the vicinity of the breathtaking Bandhavgarh National Park is the first of the Taj Safari Lodges. The name Mahua Kothi draws inspiration from one of India’s most beautiful trees, the Madhuca Indica, or butter tree. Its luscious off-white flowers take center-stage in many Indian festive rituals, and here, at Mahua Kothi, it is at the center of many a unique and delightful experience. The lodge sprawls over the 40 acre grounds. The accommodation and facilities of the lodge blend charmingly into the quaint and rustic surroundings. Mahua Kothi. The lodge promises an experience that is unconventional, focused on guests’ individual needs and emotions, knowledgeable, sophisticated and innovative. Mahua Kothi is not operational from 1st July onwards till 15th October, as the national parks are closed due to monsoons.
Mahua features twelve brand-new cottage suites, called Kutiyas. Each charming suite is filled with quaint local touches: wooden shutters, tapered hand-finished walls, stone floors, open rafters with roughly-hewn beams, handmade pottery roof tiles and rust and burnt orange local textile furnishings. Guests can shower off their journey in the ensuite bathroom, pamper themselves with hand-blended, all-natural, guest amenities from the Jiva Spa, relax with a game of marbles or Chaupad or indulge in an in-room Ayurvedic massage.
Dining in Mahua Kothi is an exciting and unexpected safari in itself, with several deliciously surprising twists and turns. Fresh local ingredients, homemade accompaniments, fruits and veggies grown in backyards, ancestral cooking and dining customs, and quaint village traditions create never-before dining experiences that give each guest as much of a thrill as the daily game drives. Breakfast is served with the first rays of the sun. Take a piping-hot breakfast to sustain you in the forest. For a more leisurely first meal, one can make their way to the colorful vegetable garden in the backyard for the charming Baghiya breakfast - a sumptuous meal laid out on a bullock cart. At lunchtime, guests have the options of dining by the pool, having a picnic under the Mahua tree or taking their lunch to the nearby watering hole.
The guest areas feature high ceilings, terracotta tiles, overhead fans, a fireplace, huge windows with window seats, and a spacious 600 square foot verandah that captures the jungle breeze perfectly. From indulging an in-room Ayurvedic massage to cooling off in the swimming pool, guests will find plenty to do when they are not actively pursuing predators on elephant-back or cycling through a local village. There is a Safari shop as well as a library for guests to idle away the hours. The guest areas are the perfect place to unwind after a long afternoon in the jungle, and the outdoor veranda provides generous built-in seating for star gazing.
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